Andrew R. Blaustein, zoology professor in the Department of Integrative Biology, was one of 11 elected as a distinguished 2014 Fellow of the Ecological Society of America (ESA), the largest community of professional ecologists with more than 10,000 members and the trusted source of ecological knowledge.

Fellows of the Society make outstanding contributions to wide range of fields served by ESA, including those that advance or apply ecological knowledge in academics, government, non-profit organizations, and the private sector. Specifically, Fellows focus on:  research and discovery; communication and outreach, education and pedagogy; and application of ecology to management and policy.

The fellow program’s goals are to honor members and to support their competitiveness and advancement to leadership positions in the Society, at their institutions and in broader society, according to ESA Awards Committee Chair Alan Hastings.

Blaustein was recognized for his outstanding contributions to biodiversity, freshwater ecosystems, anddisease ecology. A University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology, Blaustein focuses on ecology, conservation biology as well as behavior and environmental science in his research. He also directs the Environmental Sciences Graduate Program.

In addition, Blaustein is an AAAS Fellow, a Fellow of the Animal Behavior Society and a Fellow of the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.

“We congratulate Andrew Blaustein on being elected an ESA Fellow and for his extraordinary contributions that advance ecological research, discovery and education,” said College of Science Dean Sastry G. Pantula. “ I am proud of his record of service and commitment to diversity. “ 

Blaustein serves on the editorial board for Conservation Biology and is Assigning Editor for that journal. In addition, he is on the Board of Editors for Conservation Physiology and is a member of many professional societies, including The Society for Conservation Biology , AAAS and the Ecological Society of America.

Blaustein teaches Animal Diversity in the large General Biology course for majors, Animal Behavior that is taught from physiological, sociobiological and evolutionary perspectives as well as graduate courses in Environmental Science where students examine critical environmental issues facing humans.

He has received numerous grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Geographic Society for his research. Blaustein’s current research involves issues in disease ecology, biodiversity and conservation. To learn more, click here.

Blaustein earned his PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He has been on the OSU faculty since 1978.

Publish Date: 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014